A man in a group of Asian travellers was arrested by police yesterday following a security alert at a ferry terminal.

He was one of 12 occupants on a minibus which was wait-ing to board a sailing from Ardrossan to Arran on the west coast of Scotland.

T he 34-year-old was detained on a charge of breach of the peace after an alleged remark he made alarmed an employee of ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne.

The group's vehicle was in the marshalling lane at Ardrossan Harbour to board the 3.15pm sailing to the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde at the time of the incident.

Departure was delayed by 50 minutes while Strathclyde Police officers searched the ship and port area with sniffer dogs.

A force spokeswoman said: "A 34-year-old man has been arrested on a charge of breach of the peace after officers were called to Ardrossan ferry terminal."

It is thought the security alert was sparked when the man allegedly made a comment relating to terrorism.